tetra

[ te-truh ]
/ ˈtɛ trə /
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noun

any of several tropical, freshwater fishes of the family Characidae, often kept in aquariums.

Nearby words

  1. tethered cord syndrome,
  2. tethys,
  3. teton,
  4. teton range,
  5. tetr-,
  6. tetra-,
  7. tetrabasic,
  8. tetrabrach,
  9. tetrabranchiate,
  10. tetrabromofluorescein

Origin of tetra

1930–35; shortening of New Latin Tetragonopterus former genus name. See tetragon, -o-, -pterous

tetra-

a combining form meaning “four,” used in the formation of compound words: tetrabranchiate.
Also especially before a vowel, tetr-.

Origin of tetra-

< Greek, combining form of téttara, neuter of téttares four

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British Dictionary definitions for tetra

tetra

/ (ˈtɛtrə) /

noun plural -ra or -ras

any of various brightly coloured tropical freshwater fishes of the genus Hemigrammus and related genera: family Characidae (characins)

Word Origin for tetra

C20: short for New Latin tetragonopterus (former genus name), from tetragon + -o- + -pterous, from Greek pteron wing

tetra-

before a vowel tetr-

combining form

fourtetrameter

Word Origin for tetra-

from Greek

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Word Origin and History for tetra

tetra-

word-forming element meaning "four," from Greek tetra-, combining form of tettares, tessares "four" (see four).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for tetra

tetra-

pref.

Four:tetradactyl.
Composed of or containing four atoms, molecules, or groups:tetrasaccharide.

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